Vietnamese and Vietnamese American

Vietnamese and Vietnamese American

Picture Books

  • Ashley, Bernard. Boat Girl. Illustrated by Elsie Lennox. Orlando: Harcourt, Brace, and Co., 1990.
  • Beckler, Rosemary. Sweet Dried Apples: A Vietnamese Wartime Childhood. Illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
  • Boholm-Olsson, Eva. Tuan. Illustrated by Van on Pham. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1988.
  • David, Gigi Morales. The Little Red Envelopes. Illustrated by Dana Kleiman Garfinkel Jacksonville, FL: United Way of Northeast Florida, 2006.
  • Hatton, Caroline. Véro and Philippe. Illustrated by Preston McDaniels. Chicago: Front Street, 2001
  • Hatton, Caroline. Surprise Moon. Illustrated by Felicia Hoshino. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2005.
  • Jules, Jacqueline. Duck for Turkey Day. Illustrated by Kathryn Mitter. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Co., 2009.
  • Keller, Holly. Grandfather’s Dream. New York: Greenwillow, 1994.
  • Kilbourne, Sarah. Leaving Vietnam: The Journey of Tuan Ngo, a Boat Boy. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999.
  • Lee, Jeanne M. Ba-Nam. New York: Holt, 1987.
  • McKay, Lawrence. Journey Home. Illustrated by Dom and Keunhee Lee. New York: Lee and Low Books, 1998. (mixed race)
  • Nhat Hanh, Thich. The Hermit and the Well. Illustrated by Vo-Dinh Mai. Berkeley, CA: Plum Blossom Books, 2003.
  • Phi, Bao. A Different Pond. Minnesota : Picture Window Books, 2017.
  • Shea, Pegi Deitz and Cynthia Weill. Ten Mice for Tet. Illustrated by To Ngoc Trang. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2003.
  • Sugarman, Brynn Olenberg. Rebecca’s Journey Home. Illustrated by Michelle Shapiro. Minneapolis, MN: Kar-Ben Pub., 2006. (adoption)
  • Thong, Roseanne. Fly Free! Illustrated by Eujin Kim Neilan. Honesdale, PA: Boyd’s Mill Press, 2010.
  • Tran, Diane. Linh and the Red Envelope. Illustrated by Alex Patrick Shimukus. St. Paul, MN: Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, 2013.
  • Tran, Khanh Tuyet. The Little Weaver of Thai-Yen Village. Illustrated by Nancy Hom. San Francisco: Children’s Book Press, 1987.
  • Tran, Truong. Going Home, Coming Home/Vê’ Nhà, Thăm Quê Hu’o’ng. Illustrated by Ann Phong. San Diego: Children’s Book Press, 2003.
  • Van, Muon. In a Village By the Sea. Illustrated by April Chu. Berkeley, CA: Creston Books, 2015.
  • York, Vanessa. Warrior Queens. Illustrated by Xiangyi Mo and Jingwen Wang. Vernon Hills, IL: ETA/Cuisenaire, 2005.
  • Zee, Ruth Vander. Always With You. Illustrated by Ron Himler. Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2008.

Children’s Chapter Books

  • Ahn, Nguyen Nat. Ticket To Childhood: A Novel. Translated by William Naythons. New York: The Overlook Press, 2014.
  • Anderson, Rachel. The War Orphan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Bennett, Jack. The Voyage of the Lucky Dragon. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1981.
  • Dionne, Erin. Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting. New York: Dial Books, 2014. (mixed race)
  • Garland, Sherry. The Lotus Seed. Illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi. San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1993.
  • Gibbons, Alan. The Jaws of the Dragon. Minneapolis: Lerner, 1994.
  • Himelblau, Linda. The Trouble Begins. New York: Delacorte Press, 2005.
  • Hoppey, Tim. Jungle Scout: A Vietnam War Story. Illustrated by Ramon Espinoza. Mankato, MN: Stone Arch Books, 2009. (graphic novel)
  • Lai, Thanhha. Inside Out and Back Again. New York: HarperCollins, 2011.
  • Lai, Thanhha. Listen, Slowly. New York: Harper, 2015.
  • Marsden, Carolyn. When Heaven Fell. Candlewick Press, 2007.
  • Marsden, Carolyn, and Thây Phâp Niêm. The Buddha’s Diamonds. Illustrated by Thây Phâp Niêm. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2008.
  • Pettit, Jane. My Name is San Ho. New York: Scholastic, 1992.
  • Pevsner, Stella and Fay Tang. Sing For Your Father, Su Phan. New York: Clarion Books, 1997.
  • Wartski, Maureen Crane. A Boat to Nowhere. Illustrated by Dick Teicher. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1980.
  • Whelan, Gloria. Goodbye, Vietnam. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.

Young Adult Books

  • Burg, Ann. All the Broken Pieces: A Novel in Verse. New York: Scholastic, 2009.
  • Dunivan, Dennis W. Escape from Communist Heaven. Boulder, CO: Sentient Publications, 2013.
  • Garland, Sherry. Shadow of the Dragon. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
  • Esch, Ben. Sophomore Undercover. New York: Disney/Hyperion Books, 2009. (adopted protagonist)
  • Kadohata, Cynthia. A Million Shades of Gray. New York: Atheneum Books, 2010.
  • Lee, C.B. Seven Tears at High Tide. New York: Interlude Press, 2015.
  • Lee, C.B. Not Your Sidekick. New York: Interlude Press, 2016.
  • Starke, Ruth. Noodle Pie. Tulsa, OK. Kane Miller Book, 2008.


  • Barchers, Suzanne. The Brothers and the Star-Fruit Tree. South Egremont, MA: Red Chair Press 2015. (picture book)
  • Bui, Bao Thach. The Tiger and the Frog. Toronto, Ontario: Artattack Books, 1995.
  • Garland, Sherry. Why Ducks Sleep on One Leg. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 1993.
  • Garland, Sherry. Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam. San Diego: Harcourt, 2001. (picture book)
  • Ha, Song. Indebted as Lord Chom: The Legend of the Forbidden Street. Gardena, CA: East West Discovery Press, 2006. (bilingual picture book)
  • Lee, Jeanne M. Toad is the Uncle of Heaven. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985.
  • Tran, Quoc. The Tet Pole. Gardena, CA: East West Discovery Press, 2006. (bilingual picture book)
  • Vuong, Lynette Dyer. The Brocaded Slipper and Other Vietnamese Tales. New York: HarperTrophy, 1992.


  • Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. Hoang Anh: A Vietnamese-American Boy. Photographs by Lawrence Migdale. New York: Holiday House, 1992. (picture book)
  • Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk. Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2011.
  • Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk. One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2012. (sequel to Last Airlift)
  • Warren, Andrea. Escape From Saigon: A Vietnam War Orphan Becomes an American Boy. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2006.